Earth Awareness Contest

The Clinch Coalition’s 12th Annual Art & Essay Contest

What is Your Ecological Footprint?

Teacher Resource and Information



Everyone makes footprints when they walk in the sand or the mud; those footprints are easy to see.  But an ecological footprint isn't as visible.  Ecological footprints occur with certain activities and decisions that we make in our daily lives.  These decisions leave a “footprint” on the earth just like you can leave a footprint in the sand.  Your ecological footprint takes into account how much land, water and resources it takes to provide everything people use. Simply put, footprint calculations answer the questions: how much nature do we have and how much do we use? With a better understanding of how we utilize resources and the impact that we cause, we can find ways to create a smaller footprint and improve life on the planet for everyone!  So tell us, what is YOUR footprint on the earth and what can you do to make it smaller?   The health of our Earth is very important. What can we do to maintain and improve our environment?

Ecological Footprint Lesson Plans Below


Listed below are links to websites that provide free ecological lesson plans.


K-5th Lesson Plans


Government of Canada Fisheries and Oceans - Lesson Plan - Ecological footprint - How does the way we live affect the Earth?


5th-8th Lesson Plans


Sierra Club - Map Your Eco-footprint


Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation - Ecological Footprint


California Academy of Sciences - Your Hidden Water Footprint: Defining a Problem to Find a Solution


9th-12th Lesson Plans

Better Lesson - What’s Your Ecological Footprint?


Adaptable for 6th-12th


Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network - Ecological Footprint


Connecticut Energy Education - Energy Efficiency and Climate Change - Ecological Footprint


NOAA Science & Information for a Climate-Smart Nation - Carbon Calculator Activity



Other Resources and Tools - Lesson Plans (K-12th)


Teach For America - Lesson Plans for Teaching Sustainability (K-12th)


EPA - Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for Educators


edLightenSC Energy-focused education (link for 9th-12th, but also resources for K-12th)


Global Footprint Network - Ecological Footprint?


Climate Generation - Zero Footprint Youth Calculator


Teach the Earth - The Portal for Earth Education - Teaching Climate Change: Lessons for the Past









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